Denver’s elected leaders will consider a policy next week that would expressly give the city’s police watchdog the ability to investigate the police chief and sheriff after the mayor’s controversial finding last year that excluded the Office of the Independent Monitor from such investigations. The proposed changes to city ordinance would override an argument the mayor’s office used to block the independent monitor from being involved in a disciplinary decision for a former police chief. The changes also would clarify the monitor’s powers and expand the citizen board that oversees the watchdog, said Robin Kniech, councilwoman at-large. The independent monitor’s office is a civilian agency that watches over investigations into Denver police and sheriff’s deputies, makes disciplinary recommendations and suggests policy changes. City officials said in May that the monitor’s office did not have oversight of the chief or sheriff because both positions are appointed by the mayor, though the monitor was involved in at least 12 previous investigations involving sheriffs and police chiefs. The decision came in the middle of an investigation into whether former Police Chief Robert White improperly denied a public records request and whether he violated the department’s car chase policy when he pursued a driver who… Read full this story
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